Archive for May, 2012 | Monthly archive page

NY Mayor & Son busted for hacking and threatening dissidents

Burgemeester hackt kritische site | Webwereld. He used the data he gained to strong arm political opponents. So if your elected mayor is capable of doing this, then what makes you think all the drones and other political forces sitting on top of huge centralised databases won’t be capable of this… to much larger effect?

Scotland Yard deploys mobile fingerprint devices

Britain’s largest force says it has distributed 350 of the cell phone-sized devices to officers across various parts of London, part of a nationwide rollout championed by Britain’s National Policing Improvement Agency. via Scotland Yard deploys mobile fingerprint devices. So will they store all precessed fingerprints? How quickly will they be removed from the physical […]

SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully

NASA has contracted this rocket to very carefully approach the ISS for resupply runs. Well done Elon Musk! SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully • The Register.

NL .gov PvdA proposes to get rid of useless fingerprint on passport

It turns out that not only is it a massive privacy invasion, but has a 20% (!!) error rate. Besides that it’s useless, because no border guard system can read the fingerprints on the passport. Tweede Kamer wil af van vingerafdruk in paspoort – update | Webwereld.

Common Unmanned Surface Vessel for Navy

The boat is 39 feet long and can reach a top speed of 28 knots. Using a modified version of the unmanned Shadow surveillance aircraft technology that logged 700,000 hours of duty in the Middle East, the boat can be controlled remotely from 10 to 12 miles away from a command station on land, at […]

Life-size hologram-like telepods revolutionize videoconferencing | Human Media Lab :: Queen’s University

Beam me up Scotty: Life-size hologram-like telepods revolutionize videoconferencing | Human Media Lab :: Queen's University.

Porno scanner breaks $10K insulin pump

Wait – what? It BROKE an insulin pump? And it’s supposed to be safe for people to go in? Really? Diabetic teen upset with TSA screeners at Salt Lake City Airport – – Salt Lake City, Utah News.

Payment alternatives to plastic – an interactive map

Not using a credit card is becoming a much more viable method over the internet (22% of the overall e-commerce payments), with iDeal and Paypal, but also many other methods used to pay for porn or gambling. Worldpay has made an interactive map showing the predominance of specific alternative currencies per country. Worldpay Globe Data. […]

ECA secures funds for NATO aggressor aircraft purchase – they say

Melville ten Cate of ECA, housed in Schiphol, claims to have secured EUR 283 million to finance the business plan I have been harping on about for the last 25 years: he wants to buy 24 light combat aircraft to start an Integrated Opposing Force (IOPFOR) which will be used as an agressor training service […]

What Various Studies Really Reveal About File-Sharing

It turns out that there are pleny of studies out there that debunk the “facts and figures” the industries throw about when talking about IP theft and the costs of piracy. Here is a selection of some interesting other studies. What Various Studies Really Reveal About File-Sharing – Slashdot.

Lasers on sharks!!!

Last month, marine biologist Luke Tipple, armed with a career in the study of sharks, accepted the request from handheld laser manufacturers, Wicked Lasers, to attach a Wicked Lasers laser beam to a shark’s fin, which he did with success. On a diving trip in the Bahamas, he fit a laser device onto a lemon […]

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